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Come on out to Merriweather Park to experience the joy of India's festival of colors, Holi. (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)
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Weekend Report: 10 events to make this your best weekend

Thursday, April 4

Phillips After 5: Experience the island flavors of Puerto Rico and Cuba and April's Phillips After 5. Tickets are $12.

Sakura Celebration: In honor of D.C.’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, O-Ku D.C. will host a Sakura Celebration. Throughout the restaurant, guests can expect festive décor, music, and complimentary passed bites, including Wagyu Beef Gyoza, Vegetable Egg Rolls, and an assortment of Makimono Rolls. For drinks, guests will enjoy tastings of the Shochu Chuhai, a traditional cocktail served at Cherry Blossom Festivals throughout Japan. O-Ku’s take on the beverage features lemongrass shochu, lemon juice, strawberry hibiscus, simple syrup, and club soda.

Friday, April 5

National Geographic Photo Camp: National Geographic Photo Camp engages young people from underserved communities, including at-risk and refugee teens. They learn how to use photography to tell their own stories, explore the world around them, and develop deep connections with others. Free to attend.

Hirshhorn/AM with The Lemon Collective: For a special Hirshhorn/AM, enjoy a workshop and talk with founders of The Lemon Collective DC, a creative space and community for gathering and learning new skills. Lemon Collective co-founder Kate Zaremba, will demonstrate a workshop on creating repeat patterns using paper cut outs. Kate will take you through a brief history of surface design then demo a handful of repeats and layouts. You'll create your own pattern using paper cut-outs and take home a zine illustrated by Kate that recaps what you learned. Free to attend.

Spring Dinner with Daniel Boulud: Chef Daniel Boulud, alongside Executive Chef Nicholas Tang, will host a ticketed spring feast dinner at DBGB, in celebration of Washington, D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival. Chefs Daniel and Nicholas will prepare a four-course prix-fixe menu with paired wines. Tickets are $148 per person.

Saturday, April 6

Color Fest 2019: Come on out to Merriweather Park to experience the joy of India's festival of colors, Holi. Enjoy dance, music, kite flying, food and family entertainment. Free to attend.

DC Thrift Crawl: Join D.C.'s fashion community for an afternoon of thrifting, complete with personal stylists helping you choose the perfect ensembles. Start at Frugalista and visit eight more thrift stores. Enjoy food, deals and drinks along the way. Tickets start at $30.

Sunday, April 7

Family Dance Workshop: Artists from the New York City Ballet will teach a 45-minute inclusive ballet workshop for families and children. Kids will explore music, movement, and/or themes of a ballet while teaching families simple ballet steps, terms, or choreography. Free to attend.

NSO Family Concert: Come children (and children at heart!) for a concert that mixes the magic of stories, images, and music, including Return to the Land of the Elephants by composer Raphael Mostel—the U.S. premiere of the orchestral version of one of his two multimedia musical voyages based on The Travels of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff. Tickets start at $15.

Bike the Blossoms: Join in the fun of an easy-paced 12-mile bike ride on Sunday through downtown D.C. that visits landmark green spaces around the nation's capital, exploring the traditions and rich history behind each location of the tour. At each tour stop, National Park Service and US National Arboretum horticulturists provide tips for your yard and explain how each of these historic and cultural landscapes is important to D.C. Suggested donation of $15.

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